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António Neto da Silva
António Neto da Silva
President of PROESPAÇO

PROESPAÇO was created in 2003 after Portugal joined the European Space Agency (ESA). The Association unites the Portuguese space industry, defending its interests through intensive dealings with the public administration, the government and international organisations. It plays a key role in defining Portugal’s national strategy for the space industry and prepares the sector’s industrial development strategy.

Given the highly institutional nature of the space industry market and the relatively small size of companies operating in the sector, PROESPAÇO promotes a wide range of space-related activities, bringing together the efforts of its individual members. It also represents its members in negotiations with public bodies and, when requested, in talks with major companies, when members’ interests can be better defended by a common position.

PROESPAÇO currently represents more than 95% of the business contracted to the Portuguese space industry and is the only organisation that represents their interests.

Production and service companies operating in the space sector, namely in the areas relating to ESA, EUMETSAT, European Commission Framework Programmes and NASA, are welcome to join the association.

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